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Our View: Thumbs up to neighbor's heroics

The Northwest Herald Editorial Board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down:

Thumbs up: To Tyler Kurth, who jumped into a retention pond in Harvard on Monday when he heard screaming coming from the water and saw a boy struggling in the water after the canoe he was in with two cousins tipped over. He swam about 20 yards and helped a young boy to shore. While the death of the third boy – whom Kurth tried to find – is heartbreaking, there is some comfort in knowing that we have residents such as Kurth in our community. Kurth insists he did what anybody would do. We can only hope, if faced with a similar situation, we all would react as bravely and selflessly as Kurth did.

Thumbs down: To House Speaker Michael Madigan, who can’t seem to keep his sticky fingers out of anyone’s cookie jar. Madigan admitted Thursday that in 2012 he sought a pay raise for a friend who worked as a labor relations specialist for Metra. The revelation came the same day that a House committee convened to investigate an outrageous severance paid to former Metra CEO Alex Clifford, who claims he was forced out because he wouldn’t cooperate with political insiders who wanted a say in hiring and contractual decisions. In exchange for his silence, Clifford could be paid up to almost $718,000 after he worked his last day. Now it turns out that Madigan was one of those political insiders whom Clifford was resisting. Anyone care to guess how much farther the House committee’s investigation is going to go?

Thumbs up: To Huntley High School, for making a demonstration on the dangers of texting and driving part of its driver’s training. It’s one thing to say it’s dangerous, it’s another to show how dangerous it is to someone who might not know its impact. That instruction should become standard practice in driver’s training programs.

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